Chirostenotes pergracilis

Only a few fossils of this Chirostenotes have been found. It has some bird-like features. Its lower jaws look like a bird's beak. It was mistaken for a giant bird for a while. Recently, a good specimen was found. Now we know that this animal was a close relative of Oviraptor.

Scientific Name: Chirostenotes pergracilis
Pronunciation: KIE-roh-sten-OH-teez per-grah-SIH-lis
Meaning: "narrow hand"
Locality Found: Alberta, Canada
Age: Late Cretaceous, 75 to 65 million years ago
Size: 35 to 60 kilograms (76 to 130 pounds)
Characteristics: This toothless theropod had very large hands with long, slender fingers and huge claws. The skull was very similar to the Oviraptor, but it had no crest.

Image credits: main image, by Rick Spears.